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Devices of Parliamentary Proceedings - I
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This lesson discusses question hour, zero hour and motions in the Parliament.

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Nandini Maharaj
MA in Applied Human Rights from Sheffield Hallam University, BA (Hons.) History from LSR, reader, dancer, love to teach, AIR 42 in 2018 UPSC

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Ami B.a ta history honours chilo
all types of question hours need prior notice or only short notice of unstarred ??? plzz clarify on this
Arpita Sheoran
8 months ago
Hi Nandini, please clarify.

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  4. Question Hour o The first hour of every parliamentary sitting is slotted for this. During this time, the members ask questions and the ministers usually give answers. o The questions are of three kinds, namely, starred, unstarred and short notice.

  5. o A starred question (distinguished by an asterisk) requires an oral ansuser and hence supplementary questions can olLow. o An unstarred question, on the other hand, requires a written answer and hence, supplementary questions cannot follows. o A short notice question is one that is asked by giving a notice of less than ten days. It is answered orally

  6. o In addition to the ministers, the questions can also be asked to the private members o Thus, a question may be addressed to a private member if the subject matter of the question relates to some Bill, resolution or other matter connected wwith the business of the House for which that member is responsible. SL

  7. o The procedure in regard to such question is the same as that followed in the case of questions addressed to a minister. The list of starred, unstarred, short notice questions and questions to private members are printed iv green, white, light pink and yellow colour, respectively, to distinguish them from one another

  8. Zero Hour o Unlike the question hour, the zero hour is not mentioned in the Rules of Procedure. Thus it is an informal device available to the members of the Parliament to raise matters without any prior notice. The zero hour starts immediately after the guestion hour and Lasts until the agenda for the day (ie, regular business of the House) is taken up.

  9. In other words, the time gap between the question hour and the agenda is knouwn as zero hour. It is an Indian innovation in the field of parliamentary procedures and has been in existence since 1962.

  10. Motions o No discussion on a matter of general public importance can take place except on a motion made with the consent of the presiding officer. o The House expresses its decisions or opinions on various issues through the adoption or rejection of motions moved by either ministers or private members.

  11. 2. Substitute Motion: It is a motion that is moved in substitution of an original motion and proposes an alternative to it. If adopted by the House, it supersedes the original motion.

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